We’ve learned at least two things about Alex Dittmar since he opened Airways Brewing Company last spring. First, he makes some tasty beer. Second, he has a very sharp, relentless sense of humor. With the release of Sky Hag IPA, the newest edition to the Airways’ lineup, he proves that our assessment of his character is correct.
Perhaps you were among the lucky few who were able to sample the new Sky Hag IPA at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival earlier this month. Perhaps you laughed at the imagery. I did. Apparently someone (a well-traveled flight attendant, perhaps?) was offended by the implications of calling a strong, bitter beer Sky Hag. Hmmm. I guess that kind of proves Alex’s point. Anyway, here’s the official press release. They can say it better than I can.
Kent, WA (10/25/10) – Celebrating the bitter women of the air who refuse to retire, Airways Brewing Company, Kent’s Microbrewery, is proud to announce the official release of Sky Hag IPA™ as the newest addition to its regular roster of beers. This is the first Double / Imperial IPA to come from the brewery and the first change in its standard lineup since opening in March of this year.
“With this beer, we set out to celebrate a true American icon of aviation. One that I feel we’re all united in knowing, the Sky Hag,” says Airways Brewing Company founder and brewer, Alex Dittmar. “With a 7.8% alcohol level and bitterness of over 99 IBUs, this beer is definitely as bitter as she is.”
Sky Hag IPA is made with Pacific Northwest grown malted barley and all Columbus Hops from start to finish. A generous dose of “dry hops” give the beer its distinctive citrus aroma.
“We released this beer as a test batch during the summer in our tap room, and our customers loved it,” says Dittmar. “I’m thrilled to be able to add Sky Hag IPA to our regular tap room lineup, and to be able to distribute it as well.”
To celebrate the beer’s release, the Airways tap room in Kent will feature Sky Hag IPA on tap, on cask, and a special oaked version Thursday, October 28, 2010.
Founded in spring of 2010, Airways Brewing Company is Kent , Washington ’s microbrewery. The brewery produces five standard beers, Starliner Stout, First Class IPA, Jet City ESB, Sky Hag IPA, and T-Tail Blonde, and features casks and special-edition beers in its Kent tap room. Airways distributes its beer to fine microbrew specialty bars and taverns in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.
Airways Brewing Company